Open Source Programs Office

Google Code-in

The Google Code-in 2013 contest ended on January 6, 2014. Stay tuned for announcements later this year about the 2014 contest by subscribing to the Google Open Source blog, joining the Google Code-in discussion group, or visiting the contest site.

What is Google Code-in 2013?

Following on the success of the Google Summer of Code program for university students, the Google Code-in is a contest for pre-university students (e.g., high school and secondary school students ages 13-17) with the goal of encouraging young people to participate in open source. A similar program, the Google Highly Open Participation contest ran in 2007, and in 2010 we changed the format slightly and the Google Code-in program was born. The Google Code-in contest continues to reach students from all around the globe, over the last four years there have been 1575 students from 78 countries that completed tasks in the online contest.

For many students the Google Code-in contest is their first introduction to open source development. For Google Code-in we work with open source organizations, each of whom has experience mentoring students in the Google Summer of Code program, to provide "bite sized" tasks for participating students to complete. Students gain real world experience working on an open source project and can put the skills they have been learning in the classroom to use in a open source project that can touch millions of lives.

The tasks are grouped into the following categories:

  1. Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
  2. Documentation/Training: Tasks related to creating/editing documents and helping others learn more
  3. Outreach/Research: Tasks related to community management, outreach/marketing, or studying problems and recommending solutions
  4. Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality
  5. User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction

Tasks generally take students 4-6 hours to complete. Students earn one point for each task completed. Students will receive a certificate for completing one task and can earn a tee shirt when they complete three tasks. At the end of the contest each of the open source organizations will name two (2) grand prize winners for their organization based on the students' body of work. The grand prize winners will receive a trip to Google's Mountain View, California, USA headquarters for themselves and a parent or legal guardian for an awards ceremony, an opportunity to meet with Google engineers, and have a fun day in the San Francisco sun.

Interested in participating in Google Code-in?

Are you a student interested in participating in the next instance of Google Code-in? Are you a teacher or open source enthusiast who would like to spread the word about the contest to students in your life?  For general information about the Google Code-in contest you can review the 2013 program site and read the Contest Rules, Frequently Asked Questions and you can look at some of the tasks that students worked on in the 2013 contest.  We plan to make some slight changes to the contest in 2014 to hopefully encourage even more students to discover the world of open source but the 2013 Rules and FAQs are a good place to understand more about the general contest. The videos on this page also give a good overview of the way the contest works.

You can contact us on the Google Code-in discussion group if you have any questions about the program.

The 2013 Google Code-in contest ran from November 18, 2013 to January 6, 2014. To see the list of the twenty 2013 Google Code-in grand prize winners check out the announcement blog post from January 20, 2014.

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